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Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov may miss month with broken right finger

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OTTAWA (AP) -Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov may be sidelined up to a month because of a broken right index finger.

Volchenkov was hurt during Ottawa's 6-5 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, the Senators' fifth straight defeat.

"I knew right away (it was broken)," Volchenkov said. "It's a pretty bad injury. It's a pretty tough time for it to happen."

The Senators (16-6-2) are stuck in their longest winless streak in more than a year.

"It's not a good situation," Senators defenseman Chris Phillips said. "He's been big for us - blocking shots and penalty killing. Things are going to change a little bit here and we'll deal with it, but it's certainly a tough blow for the team."

Christoph Schubert, who often switches between forward and defense, will take Volchenkov's spot.

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